When people say “all lives matter”…

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When people say “all lives matter” in response to BLM they’re saying something they don’t generally believe. If the premise was true we wouldn’t have deep structural inequalities haunting America. If All Lives Matter children with disabilities would grow up to attend Harvard in significant numbers. Latinx women would be well represented in board rooms. Black men would be widely and enthusiastically employed. Women would receive equal pay.

ALM is a canard. If you say it, prove you mean it.
As the French would say, “don’t half-sell your duck.”

The All Lives Matter crowd reminds me of Christopher Hitchens assertion that one may choose to be altruistic but it can’t be compelled. All Lives Matter means: “you can’t compel me to think about structural inequality and I’ve got a slogan too.”

It also means “shut the f*** up.”

If All Lives Matter why has the GOP worked tirelessly to defund Head Start, Programs for Women with Infant Children, health care extensions, medicare and medicaid, eliminate Social Security?

All Lives Matter is the slogan of moral cowardice.

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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